Overview/Benefits

Desert Community Energy is a not-for-profit, publicly managed electricity provider that will work for you!

Desert Community Energy is the new public electricity provider launching in Palm Springs in April 2020.

  • CHOICE—For the first time, CCEs offer electricity customers a choice in who provides their electricity, how much they pay for it, and how clean it is.
  • COMPETITIVE RATES—DCE will offer rates that are competitive with SCE. And while other utilities may seek rate adjustments at any time, our rates will be examined only once each year, for more predictable bills.
  • LOCAL CONTROL—Our Board of Directors is comprised of elected officials from each participating city. The Board sets rates and determines how much we rely on renewable energy sources, with the well-being of residents and businesses in mind.
  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT—CCEs reinvest revenues locally to support the community, rather than supporting electricity company shareholders. They’re used to create jobs, energy efficiency programs, and to develop more local renewable energy sources close to home.
  • FOCUS ON RENEWABLE RESOURCES—Customers have the option to buy cleaner, greener electricity with fewer greenhouse gases at competitive prices, improving air quality and helping our cities achieve their climate action goals.
  • COMPETITION—CCEs end the monopoly that utility companies have had on electricity in California, providing customer choice and increasing the benefits of healthy innovation and competition.
  • SPECIAL PROGRAMS STILL IN PLACE—If you participate in a special rate program, such as FERA, Medical Baseline, Level Pay or Summer Discounts, they will still be offered. There’s no need to reapply. And DCE will be working on special programs of its own for the benefit of our customers, so stay tuned.
  • NET ENERGY METERING (NEM)—DCE’s Board is still considering a NEM program that will provide the best benefit to solar customers and the community.

How do we do it?

Desert Community Energy works with the best interests of our community members in mind. If you have a great idea to help us advance our goals, come to one of our upcoming Board meetings and let us know about it.

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